SPECIAL STATEMENT ON CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA STARTING FEB.
27TH [VIDEO + TEXT]
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statement was first published on the Kremlin’s official website on
Monday. This is the full text:
just had a telephone conversation with President of the United States
of America Barack Obama. The phone call was initiated by the Russian
side, but the interest was certainly mutual.
our conversation, we approved joint statements of Russia and the US,
as co-chairs of the ISSG, on the cessation of hostilities in Syria.
Adoption of the statement was preceded by intensive work by Russian
and American experts. We also made use of the positive experience we
accumulated over the course of cooperation in eliminating chemical
weapons in Syria.
negotiators held several rounds of closed consultations. As a result,
we were able to reach an important, specific result. It was agreed
that the cessation of hostilities in Syria commences at 00:00
(Damascus time) on February 27, 2016 on terms and conditions that are
a part of the Russian-American statement.
essence of these conditions is as follows: by 12:00 pm on February
26, 2016, all parties warring in Syria must indicate to the Russian
Federation or our American partners their commitment to the cessation
of hostilities. Russian and American troops will jointly delineate
the territories where these groups are active. No military action
will be taken against them by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab
Republic, Russian Armed Forces and the US-led coalition. In turn, the
opposition will cease all military action against the Armed Forces of
the Syrian Arab Republic and other groups supporting them.
Jabhat Al-Nursa, and other terrorist organisations designated by the
United Nations Security Council, are excluded from the cessation of
hostilities. Strikes against them will continue.
is fundamentally important that Russia and the US, as co-chairs of
the ISSG, are prepared to launch effective mechanisms to promote and
monitor compliance with the ceasefire by both the Syrian Government
and the armed opposition groups.
achieve this goal, we will establish a communication hotline and, if
necessary, a working group to exchange relevant information. Russia
will conduct the necessary work with Damascus and the legitimate
Syrian leadership. We expect that the United States will do the same
with regard to their allies and the groups they support.
am sure that the joint actions agreed upon with the American side
will be enough to radically reverse the crisis situation in Syria. We
are finally seeing a real chance to bring an end to the long-standing
bloodshed and violence. As a result, humanitarian access to all
Syrian citizens in need should be made easier.
important is the creation of conditions for launching a long-term
political process through a broad inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva,
under the auspices of the UN.
recent history has many examples where one-sided actions not
sanctioned by the UN, which favour short-term political or
opportunistic interests, have led to dramatic results. These examples
are on everyone’s lips: Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Yemen.
this background, Russian-American agreements on the cessation of
hostilities in Syria, and their joint implementation in coordination
with all nations participating in the International Syria Support
Group, can become an example of responsible actions the global
community takes against the threat of terrorism, which are based on
international law and UN principles.
would like to hope that the Syrian leadership and all our partners in
the region and beyond will support the set of actions chosen by
representatives of Russia and the US.